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Old Town Serial Number Search

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Samuel Bissonnette, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Samuel Bissonnette

    Samuel Bissonnette New Member

    I dug an Old Town Canoe out of the back of my garage for a winter project, any information about the original build would be super helpful to get started! The serial number is 71417 17

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Congratulations and welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 71417 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Charles River model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, and a keel. It was built between April and June, 1922. The original exterior paint color was dark green with a half inch edged gold stripe and an "R. G." monogram in gold on the right and left sides of the bow. It shipped on June 10th, 1922 to Wrentham, Massachusetts. It may have moved to Blackstone, Massachusetts by March of 1973 when there was a previous request for a copy of this build record. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below.

    71417.jpg 71417-b.jpg

    These scans and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

    It is possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with the project,

  3. OP
    Samuel Bissonnette

    Samuel Bissonnette New Member

    Thank you so much! This will be super helpful for me! My grandparents bought the canoe from a guy who was bringing it to the dump I had no idea they had looked for information about it

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